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Telkom seeks further delay for South African spectrum auction

by Harry Baldock, Total Telecom
Thursday 06 January 22

The operator is once again seeking a court order to delay South Africa’s long-overdue spectrum auction, but rivals claim they are obstructing the process for commercial gain

Spectrum allocation is a slow process in South Africa and has been for many years now. Indeed, it has in fact been almost 17 years since fresh spectrum was released by the regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), and five previous attempts to auction spectrum have failed. While, naturally, this slow licencing process was lamented by the operators, the urgency of making further spectrum available was ultimately driven by the onset of the coronavirus in early 2020, when demand on national networks soared to unprecedented levels.  At the time…

Spectrum allocation is a slow process in South Africa and has been for many years now. Indeed, it has in fact been almost 17 years since fresh spectrum was released by the regulator, Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), and five previous attempts to auction spectrum have failed. While, naturally, this slow licencing process was lamented by the operators, the urgency of making further spectrum available was ultimately driven by the onset of the coronavirus in early 2020, when demand on national networks soared to unprecedented levels.  At the time…

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